Friday, October 14, 2016

Missing Maura Murray Returns

The boys are back with a new episode. This one features audio from their trip to the UMass Outing Club Cabin, which may have been Maura's destination the night she disappeared.

Listen closely. Inside the cabin they discover an interesting clue - another copy of Not Without Peril, the book Maura left behind in her car. One could argue that it is a very popular book in the area around the White Mountains. But as someone whose business is books, I can tell you a book like that did not have a very large print run. It's a very specific local-interest sort of book. And it would not be available in most bookstores, even out there. It's more likely it was available in local hiking-supply stores or White Mountains visitors' centers. To me, that book is evidence of a connection to Maura Murray. As in she ran with the crowd that frequented the cabin back then.

**UPDATE** I stand corrected. Not Without Peril has sold over 70,000 copies. Damn. That's impressive.


  1. Actually back in 2004 The Village Bookstore in Littleton stocked this book. Mike Dickerman is a local Littleton writer about trails and mountains. I believe He is actually friends with Nicholas Howe, author of NWP.

    Not that is makes much difference because the book could have been purchased anywhere and brought to the cabin.

    Remember Maura met Nicholas Howe and supposedly had a signed copy of his book.

    1. Good points, TexasPete. Every bookstore in that area has an extensive selection of books like that. White Mountain Café & Bookstore Besides,this cabin isn't just anywhere in the White Mountains. It's a place people go to engage in hiking and other outdoor sports. Finding a book like that there is about as meaningful as finding a book on trophy bucks in a hunting lodge. Deer hunters joke about "buck fever", the way a hunter can start seeing any patch of tan or white in the bushes as a whitetail deer. It looks like the podcasters have contracted a similar disorder.

  2. Can anyone find out the print run of this book?

    I just went on eBay, and found 13 or so copies.

    I'm gonna order one. Just because. 10 bucks. Might be a good read.

  3. There is a bookstore next to my office. I just went in and checked ... they have it. I am more than one thousand miles from that cabin. Moreover ... if there is one place where it would be not at all surprising to find that regionally highly popular book, it is in a hostel/cabin in the White Mountains. C'mon. Not a clue.

  4. Someone is just messing with them. If I lived in the area and had nothing but time on my hands, and if I weren't 34, and instead 16, there's no question I would do it. So cheer's to the bored teenagers in the area for coming up with this idea and following thru. :)

  5. JR, I think you're downplaying the book's popularity. Here in central CT, a local library has two copies of it: The original hardcover and paperback updated edition.

    Still, you may be on to something.

    Although ... it's probably Required Reading for members of the club, if you know what I mean. Birds of a feather tend to read similar things.

  6. They're saying they don't think the hike to the cabin could be done in winter without proper hiking/snow gear, and even with it maybe not in the dark.

    Does the timing of the last confirmed* sighting of Maura line up with someone (I'll call this Person A) dropping Maura off near the cabin during daylight, then Person A crashing the Saturn in Haverhill after dark & being picked up by a tandem driver?

    *I say "confirmed" because, remember, in one statement Butch said only that a photo of Maura "looked like" the woman he saw at the crash site.

  7. Wait, you're saying 12 years later, a book is STILL there? Or that the runners at UMASS all knew of that book?

    I forget if you mentioned this. Is the cabin still being utilized?

  8. It is a bit suspicious. But my thought process now centers around:

    if she intended to run away, why drink en route? A serious person either lets off steam for a few days and collects herself or plans an escape and forever says so long farewell, see ya never.

    She had paychecks coming to her. She withdrew most of her money, enough to have a nice time for a few days.

    I think some sinister person in her life betrayed her.

  9. I feel like a book like that, sold in an area of adventure seekers, isn't too weird.

    I question why there is one there 12 years later though.

  10. That book is HUGELY popular, James. Practically required reading for hikers of The Whites.

    More than 70,000 copies of "Not Without Peril" have been sold since its initial release in 2001.

  11. I do have to say, to the commenters, that this book might just be a staple in many New England homes. I am the same age as Maura from an area close by and I have one. When I met my husband, who went to UMASS, he had a copy on his shelf. It's very common around here.